TCI takes pleasure in introducing Beau Peters, a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. He likes sharing his knowledge with others who have the same passion and dedication. Over to Beau! Social distancing. Quarantine. Safer-at-home. Whatever you want to call it, most of us have been spending a lot more time at home lately, thanks to the effects of COVID-19. As of April 2020, 66% of employees were working from home

Even if you love your space, you might be going a little stir crazy by this point. 

But even as states are slowly starting to reopen and we look into a “new normal,” you still might be wondering how to enjoy your stay at home so you can be as safe as possible. Let us look at a few ways you can be positive and stay motivated while at home so you can learn to love your living space once again.

Make Your Home Your Sanctuary

Your home should be a place of rejuvenation and a place you feel comfortable. If you are still trying to figure out how to enjoy working from home or simply how to enjoy staying home most hours of the day, it could be because your space is not set up the way you want it to be. 

One of the best ways to feel more comfortable and at peace within your own space is to keep it cleaned, organized, and decluttered. Decluttering can help to reduce stress, make you feel more motivated, and even improve your health by reducing allergens and dust in the air. Not sure where to get started? Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Start with one room at a time.
  • Think about how much you want to accomplish each day.
  • Work in sections.
  • Take on small tasks to stay motivated.

When your home is more organized, you can create an ideal workspace (if you are working remotely), or a comfortable place to talk with family and friends. Platforms like Zoom and Skype are a great way to feel more connected, even while socially distanced. 

Feeling more comfortable in your home can also make it easier to enjoy more time with your pet. If you are feeling anxious and stressed due to all of the uncertainty in the world, your pet can provide a lot of comfort. You can also learn a lot from their ‘quarantine habits,’ including regularly exercising, getting enough sleep, and staying connected to others!

Explore Old Hobbies and Find New Ones

Bored in the house? Now is the perfect time to re-visit some of your long lost hobbies or find something new that sparks your interest. If you are not sure how to find a hobby, think about things you used to enjoy, even from childhood. Do not be afraid to explore a few options that you are interested in before settling on one or two things you really enjoy. 

Do you have a unique perspective on a particular topic and have always had a knack for conversation? Consider starting a podcast from home. You can even have a friend join you remotely for your broadcasts. Have you always had a creative eye? Consider taking pictures with your phone, putting together scrapbooks, or writing. 

It can be even more rewarding when the hobbies you pick up benefit you in more ways than one. For example, if you are feeling tired and unmotivated, consider making regular exercise or playing a sport your hobby. If you are feeling disconnected from others, take a virtual class, or attend outdoor events that allow you to be around people. 

Staying at home can absolutely be an enjoyable experience, even if you might already feel like you have been there forever. Keep these simple tips in mind to make the most of your time at home, and actually enjoy it.